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Can Northern Ireland bounce back following Friday night’s devastating defeat in Copenhagen?
Three nights ago, the Green and White Army were beaten 1-0 by Group H’s top seeds Denmark, but that doesn’t begin to tell the story.
18 year old Callum Marshall thought he’d snatched a 96th minute equaliser, majestically flicking home on his international debut, only for the goal to be disallowed following an agonising four-minute VAR check.
That’s now back-to-back 1-0 defeats for Michael O’Neill’s men, also beaten at home by Finland in March, having won 2-0 in San Marino on opening night.
So, Northern Ireland have won just four of their last 29 competitive fixtures, these coming against San Marino, Kosovo and Lithuania, all of whom, to varying degrees, could be described as minnows.
So, will the Green and White Army have a rare victory to celebrate?
Kazakhstan meantime will make the extremely long 3,200 mile journey west full of confidence.
The Hawks beat San Marino 3-0 in Parma last time out, with Yan Vorogovsky, Ashat Tağybergen and Baqtiiar Zainutdinov all on target.
Before that, Magomed Adiyev’s side enjoyed, probably, the most famous victory of their entire history, coming from 2-0 down to beat Denmark 3-2 at Astana Arena, with all their goal coming in the final 12 minutes.
Ashat Tağybergen long-range equaliser in that one is well-worth seeking out.
Last year, Kazakhstan won promotion to Nations League B, their greatest achievement since gaining UEFA membership, and this means they’re guaranteed a play-off spot, if required.
However, in a wide-open Group H, the Hawks will believe they can actually qualify for a first-ever major tournament automatically.
This clash at Windsor Park is tough to call, so can Northern Ireland make home advantage count?
Northern Ireland team news
Northern Ireland are without their all-time record appearance holder Steven Davis as well as striker Josh Magennis.
Jonny Evans’ return to full fitness is a major boost, while youngsters Trai Hume and Issac Price got an opportunity to start in Copenhagen.
Kazakhstan team news
Baqtiiar Zainutdinov is Kazakhstan’s man to watch; the CSKA Moskva midfielder scored his 12th international goal on Friday night.
Centre-back. Serhiy Malyi will win his 65th cap; only Rūslan Baltiev (73) and Samat Smaqov (76) have won more for Kazakhstan.